WICKER PARK — Be thankful there's a neighborhood where you can have fun in all sorts of ways the night before Thanksgiving.
This year, Wicker Park features Black Wednesday celebrations that feature everything from burlesque to poultry.
For those who like competition using frozen birds:
So, turkey bowling works like this: You roll down a frozen bird down a makeshift lane and try to knock over as many bowling pins as possible. At Fatpour Tap Works, 2005 W. Division St., 64 teams will vie for top prize in its second annual Turkey Bowl. First prize gets a trophy and two prime seats to a Blackhawks game. Second and third place win $200 and $100, respectively. The team with the best team name also gets a prize. While most of the spots have already been filled, 10 pairs can still enter on a first-come-first-served basis. Registration starts at 6 p.m. The poultry starts rolling on the patio lanes at 8 p.m. The bar will have $4 specials on select 12 oz. bottles and a speciall Goose Island Ten Hill Pale Ale will be tapped.
For microbrew lovers who like singing:
Piece Brewery and Pizza, 1927 W. North Ave., will be hosting a party starting at 9 p.m., which will feature special holiday drinks, $4 well drinks and $4 shots of Wild Turkey. The brewery will also be tapping its holiday brew, Festivus. Of course, there will also be karaoke.
For those who like Westerns:
High Noon Saloon, 1560 N. Milwaukee Ave., is hosting a pre-Thanksgiving celebration starting at 9 p.m. featuring specials and the acoustic guitar stylings of musician Josh Bryant. Specials include $3 Jameson shots, $4 Goose Island Green Line pints, $3 Apple Pie Moonshine shots and $4 smoked turkey tacos.
For those who love turntables:
Jammin4Justice, a group dedicated to providing "beats in a positive non aggressive environment" is hosting its sixth annual Thankstaking Eve Party at Subterranean, 2011 W. North Ave., from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. The party features a four turntable set, featuring sounds that include hip hop, funk, soul and world music. Come before 11 p.m. and pay $5. Otherwise, plan to shell out $10.
Also for those who love turntables:
One of Chicago's 4 a.m. bars, evilOlive (1551 W. Division St.) is hosting a Thanksgiving Eve party from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. Headlining the festivities is DJ Felix Da Housecat. Drink specials include the tallboy edition of Pabst Blue Ribbon with a whiskey shot for $7. There are a few tickets left for $20.
For those who want a performance:
If you're looking for a sexy show before Thanksgiving dinner with the folks, head to Debonair Social Club for a night of burlesque, circus, cabaret and vaudeville acts. Tickets are $8 in advance and $12 at the door, which opens at 9 p.m. The show starts at 10:30 p.m. and there will be a hosted bar with Old Style and Reyka vodka before that.